03-12-2010, 09:38 PM
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I too think you should have a trainer work with your horse. I have a 4 year old mare and I initially wanted to do most of her training and "learn with her". However, I quickly figured out that I couldn't do all of it. I did some basic groundwork and riding and it really went well, but I just couldn't give her the polish she needed. She's a fabulous trail horse and I didn't want my inexperience to limit her. The trainer has her right now and he's taught her more in a month than I could in a year. He's told me that she is seriously the calmest horse he's ever trained. He can't believe how bombproof she is at age 4. Was that my doing? Not at all, I just got really lucky. Most "beginning trainers" won't be that lucky. Could I have done as well training most other horses? Probably not. I realize now it could have been a disaster.
Anyway, my point is that the trainer can do most of the training including "teaching the horse how to learn". When the horse comes home, his training certainly won't end. You'll have plenty of time to teach other things and bond with him. I'd recommend getting a book on trick training and enjoy teaching him the fun stuff like that - let the trainer do the hard stuff. Yes, he may be a fabulous horse that learns quickly, but why let your inexperience limit him?